Senior Research Manager IDEA Initiative - J-PAL Global - Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)

SENIOR MANAGER, IDEA INITIATIVE, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)-Innovations in Data and Experiments for Action Initiative, to lead J-PAL’s new IDEA Initiative, which aims to increase the use of administrative data by governments, nonprofits, and private firms for evidence-informed decision-making.  Responsibilities include creating resources including guidelines, best-practice papers, case studies, instructions, and toolkits on key topics regarding administrative data; working with leading experts to curate and edit a handbook that provides guidance to data producers on making administrative data more accessible and to applied researchers on processing and using this data; identifying and building collaborations with, and capacity of, data producers who can be long-term strategic partners; overseeing efforts to lean the data accessed by strategic partners and performing basic analysis and descriptive work that helps these policymakers move towards more data-driven decisions and encourages them to make data available for research/experiments; and working with senior leadership on fund-raising and managing calls for proposals.  

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Master’s degree required (Ph.D. preferred) in data science, computer science, economics, political science, public policy, or related field; at least seven years’ relevant experience (graduate school academic experience including teaching and research may count as relevant experience); interest in poverty alleviation or other social policy and research as demonstrated by coursework and research and teaching experience; knowledge of data management, data analysis, econometrics, and statistics; advanced statistical analysis skills; proficiency with Stata, R, Python, or other programming languages used for data analysis; and willingness to learn new programs. Experience handling issues like encryption and access rights for complex data (large, multi-user data sets) a plus.  

Please note: Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States. This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship. 

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